Obasanjo advocates for state police


Former President Olusegun Obasanjo, who also expressed concern yesterday over the rising insecurity in the country, recommended the introduction of state police.

Ex-President Obasanjo, speaking when the leadership of the National Association of Ex-Local Government Chairmen in Nigeria visited him in Abeokuta, Ogun State yesterday, said: “Our situation in Nigeria concerns everyone, particularly, the case of terrorism. The case has gotten over the issue of community police. It is now state police. It is from that state police that we can now be talking about community police.

“There is also the need to strengthen the traditional system and the local government administration, which I prepared during the popular Murtala/Obasanjo administration because I believe that there is a need to enable that tier of government to work truly as a local government.”

Obasanjo commended the formation of the body, saying the development clearly showed that some local chairmen in the country were better than even the top elected leaders.

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